One step up the Sancerre ladder comes the delicious ‘Le Vallon’, which spends just a touch longer maturing on its lees for added depth and richness of fruit. There is a wealth of broad, baked apple fruit and spice on the nose that really does invite. The palate balances tarte tatin apple and spice with pear and even subtle hints of fresh mandarin orange, but everything is in balance here; good acidity to balance the richness of the fruit. This wine would be beautiful with scallops (Coquilles St. Jacques, perhaps), creamier fish dishes, or a warm goat’s cheese and walnut salad.
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Producer: Based just south-west of Sancerre itself in the charming village of Bué, this really is wine country proper, with vines as far as the eye can see, and Balland-Chapuis’ extend over some 35 hectares here, across the river in Pouilly-Fumé and into the Coteaux du Giennois further north. The Saget family of father Jean-Louis and sons Arnaud and Laurent are well established in Pouilly-sur-Loire, with winemaking history going back eight generations, and expanded across the river back in 1998. We were very pleasantly surprised by this estate, and are convinced that you will be too.
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